Hummus Pasta

5 from 184 votes

This creamy vegan Hummus Pasta is a healthy Mediterranean inspired recipe! It's all made in one pot and ready in 15 minutes - perfect for a weeknight meal!

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When they say people from the Middle East add hummus to everything, it’s so true! I mean yes, we eat it mostly as a dip, but for my family, we also eat it in sandwiches, with crackers, and as a main dish topped with beef. I’ve also accidentally realized that hummus is amazing with pasta. I created a creamy tomato pasta last year and now I’m sharing this epic basic hummus pasta recipe!

Close up shot of the hummus pasta with a fork twirling the pasta

What’s awesome about hummus pasta?

  • It’s totally vegan! The creaminess of the sauce comes from the hummus thinned out slightly with some pasta water.
  • There are no nuts in the recipe. Unlike most vegan creamy sauces that are cashew-based, this recipe doesn’t use any cashews or nuts, making it a great vegan pasta option for anyone who wants a creamy consistency without the nuts.
  • You can make this all in one pot/skillet. I cook the spaghetti first, drain it and set it aside. Then in the same pot I’ll make the sauce (which literally takes a few minutes) and then I bring it all together back in that same skillet. That kinda one-pot meal magic is truly a savior for busy weeknights!
  • This hummus pasta is easily adaptable and versatile. If you don’t like spinach or onions, you can leave them out. You can also add other greens like kale, arugula or parsley. And this pairs with everything from chicken, to shrimp, to salmon to a ginormous dinner salad.

How to make hummus pasta?

Basically it’s all about combining ready-made hummus with a little pasta water, and there’s your alfredo-like vegan sauce. What I like to do first though is to saute some onions and garlic in order to add a little more flavor to the sauce. After the onions are soft, I also add spinach and cook it just until it slightly wilts.

Collage of two images of a skillet with onions and garlic on one side and then spinach added on the next image

Then it’s hummus time! I sometimes use leftover hummus if I have some in the fridge or buy ready-made hummus from the grocery store. Next, add the hummus to the vegetables and thin it out with some pasta water. You can also use plant-based milk or vegetable broth, but I think pasta water is the easiest of the options, and flavors it perfectly.

Hummus added to the spinach, garlic and onions mixture

Once you mix everything together, it pretty much looks like an alfredo sauce with a smooth texture.

Cooked spaghetti added to the onions, garlic, spinach and hummus mixture

But this hummus pasta has zero cream and zero heavy feeling that can sometimes be associated with eating pasta with heavy cream. We always seem to have some leftover hummus in my house, so this is a pretty easy quick weeknight meal to use up pantry items. It’s hearty, healthy and full of hummus without anyone really knowing…how could you go wrong?

Hummus pasta in a large bowl

Tips to make hummus pasta

  1. Cook the pasta al dente. In order to allow the hummus to properly coat the spaghetti noodles, you’ll need to toss them in the heated hummus sauce for a couple minutes. So make sure whatever pasta you use is not over-cooked before this step for best results.
  2. Slowly add the the pasta water. Although you’ll reserve a whole cup of pasta water, I recommend adding half a cup to start and slowly adding more until you get the consistency you like.
  3. Make it low-carb by changing up the pasta. For a lighter version of this meal without as many carbs, you can use any low-carb pasta you like or even make it with zucchini noodles.
Close up shot of the hummus pasta with a fork twirling the pasta

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Hummus Pasta

This creamy vegan Hummus Pasta is a healthy Mediterranean inspired recipe! It’s all made in one pot and ready in 15 minutes – perfect for a weeknight meal!
5 from 184 votes
Servings 8 servings
Course Entree
Calories 299
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • Juice of 1 lemon + zest
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil plus more for serving
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot to stay warm.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant and they soften. Add the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the spinach and cook for 1 minute, or until is slightly wilts.
  • Add the hummus, about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, the lemon juice and lemon zest, and stir until a creamy sauce forms. Add more pasta water to thin the sauce a little at time, as desired.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta to the skillet, turn off the heat and toss everything together. Top with basil and crushed red pepper.
  • Serve immediately with parmesan cheese or basil, if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the pasta sauce up to a day in advance and then just add it to cooked pasta when ready.
Sourcing: Feel free to use any hummus you’d like. You can find it in the fresh deli section of most grocery stores. You can also use a homemade version if you’d like!
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, if you prefer to skip the spinach or use different greens like kale, that works as well!
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used, especially the brand of hummus or specific hummus recipe used. 

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 400IU, Vitamin C: 2.5mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1.6mg

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Close up shot of the hummus pasta with a fork twirling the pasta

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  1. Was looking for ideas to use up a tub of hummus and came across this! Never would have thought to use it as a pasta sauce. Was so tasty and filling!

  2. Had left over hummus and found this recipe. I sautéed some onions, orange bell peppers and tomatoes along with the spinach. Added some lemon pepper seasoning. And I threw my pasta water away by accident, so I used chicken broth– just a little (not as much liquid as recipe called for)– Then I mixed in a few tablespoons of the garlic humus I had. And added some grated parmesan on top. WOW. I’m no chef, but this tasted like it came from a restaurant… and I would have had to have paid a pretty penny for it. LOVED IT. Will be trying it again. And want to add the red pepper flakes for a little more “spice”.

  3. This was amazing! I don’t usually comment on recipes like this but I can’t help it. I’m definitely going to be making the sauce again, but instead of pasta I’m thinking of pouring it onto chicken cutlet, not sure how it will turn out but it’s worth a shot right?

  4. This was delicious! Mixed it up by adding asparagus and artichoke hearts instead of spinach. Will definitely make again!

  5. Yum! I made this for lunch with shell pasta. I added a spoonful of vegan pesto and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Decided to try this tonight and it was so good! I didn’t have all the same ingredients but I did have hummus, spinach, and I put chicken in it with some seasoning. Will definitely be making again!

  7. Love it. Thank you! I was looking for something I could make quickly from what I have on hand. The lemon made it delish.

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